'American Idol' Recap: San Francisco Treat
Did the last audition stop have too many sad stories or not enough?
By Carla Patton
It's the final night of auditions as "American Idol" stops by San Francisco. It finally feels like we're getting somewhere (Hollywood!), doesn't it? And one more thing about these cold opens ... Why are they always the saddest, cruelest thing ever? Did that girl really fart during her audition? And if she did, why don't we get to see it?
Anyway, we're in San Francisco, where they found Adam Lambert. Randy promises the new judges it will be "full of surprises," and they agree that Steven Tyler will be "the mean one." They turned out to be right. Still, Ryan is as full of promises as ever: the best talent we've seen on the road! The saddest stories! Bring it on, San Francisco.
And the Golden Tickets Go To ...
Brittany Mazur, Lara Johnston, Matthew Nuss: Not only did these people avoid getting pooped on by seagulls, they also got golden tickets.
Clint "Junebug" Jun Gamboa: The karaoke host had a really strong, clear, voice. Finally. And I love his glasses because they look like the kind that babies wear. Randy advised him not to "lose it." Take that advice and run with it, Clint.
I finally got my "California Gurls" montage, because, finally, the girls in San Francisco were good enough for a montage. Then, one of the cutest girls in the world, Julie Zorrilla, sang her way into our hearts with her sparkle shoes. I wasn't sold until she sang about the cotton, and then I thought she had the ability not to over-sing everything. "California Gurls"! Then Steven had to ruin it by saying, "Best voice we ever heard ever," in response to, "Best birthday present ever." Best voice? Winner? I don't know. J.Lo seemed to think so.
The Saddest Stories Ever Told
Stefano Langone: This Kent, Wash., native (thank you for not saying you're from Seattle, Stefano!) was in a horrible accident. He was told he wouldn't be able to walk but he's basically Iron Man now. Iron Man with a piano keys belt buckle. What this guy might lack in pitch and control, he makes up for in scars. Aw, that was mean. He was good.
Emily Anne Reed: "When you spread your wings, you better spread 'em far, kid!" Her house burned down. She really liked that house, too. Her singing voice was really unique and I loved it, but her speaking voice could get on my nerves real quick. Unique! Not Younique. (We miss you, Younique.) Regardless, Emily sounds all sweet and old school. She got "one more chance" from J Lo.
James Durbin: "The voice we've been waiting for," promised Ryan Seacrest. Don't over-hype it or anything, Ryan! James: he of the mohawk and a musical father -- not that he'd remember, because his rock-star dad died when he was nine. James also has Tourette and Asperger's syndromes. Now he also has a kid. He's ready to show America who James Durbin is, and before he even sang a note I felt like I knew enough. He was doing that poor man's Adam Lambert scream, he was wiping away tears as he sang and the judges seemed to love him. I don't know, it was just too much backstory for me. Or maybe if he wasn't dressed like that. I'm feeling skeptical tonight!
No Ticket for You
Ukrainian Weirdo Inessa Lee: Randy was into it, but enough with the bellydancing fetish. I liked that she started sitting on the floor. Why not? They decided she was "cute as a button" and had a great spirit, but it was not happening. She left and didn't even say anything to her husband, Long Duck Dong. Seriously, it's like he watched "Sixteen Candles" and was like, "I want that exact outfit, please."
Double Sparkle!: J.Lo and Steven Tyler, in a possible effort to alienate Randy, must have called each other on the morning of Day 2 and planned to wear sparkly/dotted knits that are terrible on camera.
Weston Lee Smith: He just apologized after he sang. I love it. There he was, signed, sealed, delivered, and possibly drunk?
Transformer Drew Beaumier: I'm not sure Steven was able to comprehend what was going on, or that Drew transformed. Randy couldn't imagine himself "going to the market in that." The market, Randy? Who cares, this guy gets a ticket from me!
Dave Combs: Look at his luxurious locks! What I like about him is that he knows who he is. But it was a no for this lion of a man. He will now be known as the man who made Steven angry. And there were more luxurious locks -- and angry Steven -- to follow.
I can't wait for Hollywood Week to start! Let's start making cuts! Did you see anyone with Top 12 potential in the San Francisco group? Too many sad stories or not enough?
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"American Idol" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Let's review. Some don't like it this year because they don't show enough of the bad singers and they let the good singers sing for too long. Really????????????This is a problem WHY?!!! Personally, I love the show this year. In the past I was sick of watching the bad singers by the second show and the good ones you never saw. Criiticism without nastiness, I suppose that's a problem too????!!
Love the new judges, great chemistry. Fun to watch without cringing while Simon ruins life after life.